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LEVITICUS 26:36,37Verses in the Bible

  • 36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
    Leviticus 26:36 Meaning
  • 37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
    Leviticus 26:37 Meaning

DEUTERONOMY 20:8In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.

DEUTERONOMY 32:30In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?

JOSHUA 7:5In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

JOSHUA 23:10In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

JUDGES 7:3In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

JOB 15:24In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

JOB 18:11In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

PROVERBS 28:1In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

PROVERBS 29:25In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

ISAIAH 51:12,13Verses in the Bible

  • 12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
    Isaiah 51:12 Meaning
  • 13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?
    Isaiah 51:13 Meaning

GALATIANS 6:12In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

2 TIMOTHY 4:16In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

• See Courage

Instances of Cowardice

• Adam, in Attempting to Shift Responsibility for His Sin Upon Eve

GENESIS 3:12In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

• Abraham, in Calling His Wife His Sister

GENESIS 12:11-19Verses in the Bible

  • 11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
    Genesis 12:11 Meaning
  • 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
    Genesis 12:12 Meaning
  • 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
    Genesis 12:13 Meaning
  • 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
    Genesis 12:14 Meaning
  • 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
    Genesis 12:15 Meaning
  • 16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
    Genesis 12:16 Meaning
  • 17 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
    Genesis 12:17 Meaning
  • 18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
    Genesis 12:18 Meaning
  • 19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
    Genesis 12:19 Meaning

GENESIS 20:2-12Verses in the Bible

  • 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
    Genesis 20:2 Meaning
  • 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
    Genesis 20:3 Meaning
  • 4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
    Genesis 20:4 Meaning
  • 5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
    Genesis 20:5 Meaning
  • 6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
    Genesis 20:6 Meaning
  • 7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
    Genesis 20:7 Meaning
  • 8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
    Genesis 20:8 Meaning
  • 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
    Genesis 20:9 Meaning
  • 10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
    Genesis 20:10 Meaning
  • 11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
    Genesis 20:11 Meaning
  • 12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
    Genesis 20:12 Meaning

• Isaac, in Calling His Wife His Sister

GENESIS 26:7-9Verses in the Bible

  • 7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
    Genesis 26:7 Meaning
  • 8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
    Genesis 26:8 Meaning
  • 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
    Genesis 26:9 Meaning

• Jacob, in Flying from Laban

GENESIS 31:31In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

• Aaron, in Yielding to the Israelites, When They Demanded an Idol

EXODUS 32:22-24Verses in the Bible

  • 22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
    Exodus 32:22 Meaning
  • 23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
    Exodus 32:23 Meaning
  • 24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
    Exodus 32:24 Meaning

• The Ten Spies

NUMBERS 13:28,31-33Verses in the Bible

  • 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
    Numbers 13:28 Meaning
  • 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
    Numbers 13:31 Meaning
  • 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
    Numbers 13:32 Meaning
  • 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
    Numbers 13:33 Meaning

The Israelites

• In Fearing to Attempt the Conquest of Canaan

NUMBERS 14:1-5Verses in the Bible

  • 1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
    Numbers 14:1 Meaning
  • 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
    Numbers 14:2 Meaning
  • 3 And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
    Numbers 14:3 Meaning
  • 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
    Numbers 14:4 Meaning
  • 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
    Numbers 14:5 Meaning

DEUTERONOMY 1:26-28Verses in the Bible

  • 26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God:
    Deuteronomy 1:26 Meaning
  • 27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
    Deuteronomy 1:27 Meaning
  • 28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
    Deuteronomy 1:28 Meaning

• In the Battle With the People of Ai

JOSHUA 7:5In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

• To Meet Goliath

1 SAMUEL 17:24In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

• To Fight With the Philistines

1 SAMUEL 13:6,7Verses in the Bible

  • 6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
    1 Samuel 13:6 Meaning
  • 7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
    1 Samuel 13:7 Meaning

• 20,000 of Gideon's Army

JUDGES 7:3In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

• Ephraimites

PSALM 78:9In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

• Ephraimites and Manassehites

JOSHUA 17:14-18Verses in the Bible

  • 14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto?
    Joshua 17:14 Meaning
  • 15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.
    Joshua 17:15 Meaning
  • 16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Beth-shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.
    Joshua 17:16 Meaning
  • 17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only:
    Joshua 17:17 Meaning
  • 18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.
    Joshua 17:18 Meaning

• Amoritish Kings

JOSHUA 10:16In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.

• Canaanites

JOSHUA 2:11In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

JOSHUA 5:1In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.

• Samuel, Fearing to Obey God's Command to Anoint a King in Saul's Place

1 SAMUEL 16:2In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

• David, in Fleeing from Absalom

2 SAMUEL 15:13-17Verses in the Bible

  • 13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
    2 Samuel 15:13 Meaning
  • 14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
    2 Samuel 15:14 Meaning
  • 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
    2 Samuel 15:15 Meaning
  • 16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
    2 Samuel 15:16 Meaning
  • 17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.
    2 Samuel 15:17 Meaning

• Nicodemus, in Coming to Jesus by Night

JOHN 3:1,2Verses in the Bible

  • 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
    John 3:1 Meaning
  • 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
    John 3:2 Meaning

• Joseph of Arimathaea, Secretly a Disciple

JOHN 19:38In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

• Parents of the Blind Man, Who Was Restored to Sight

JOHN 9:22In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

• Early Converts Among the Rulers

JOHN 12:42,43Verses in the Bible

  • 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
    John 12:42 Meaning
  • 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
    John 12:43 Meaning

The disciples

• During the Storm at Sea

MATTHEW 8:26In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

MARK 4:38In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

LUKE 8:25In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

• When They Saw Jesus Walking on the Sea

MATTHEW 14:25In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

MARK 6:50In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

JOHN 6:19In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

• When Jesus Was Apprehended

MATTHEW 26:56In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

• Peter, in Denying the Lord

MATTHEW 26:69-74Verses in the Bible

  • 69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
    Matthew 26:69 Meaning
  • 70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
    Matthew 26:70 Meaning
  • 71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
    Matthew 26:71 Meaning
  • 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
    Matthew 26:72 Meaning
  • 73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
    Matthew 26:73 Meaning
  • 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
    Matthew 26:74 Meaning

MARK 14:66-72Verses in the Bible

  • 66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
    Mark 14:66 Meaning
  • 67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
    Mark 14:67 Meaning
  • 68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
    Mark 14:68 Meaning
  • 69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
    Mark 14:69 Meaning
  • 70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
    Mark 14:70 Meaning
  • 71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
    Mark 14:71 Meaning
  • 72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
    Mark 14:72 Meaning

LUKE 22:54-60Verses in the Bible

  • 54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.
    Luke 22:54 Meaning
  • 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
    Luke 22:55 Meaning
  • 56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
    Luke 22:56 Meaning
  • 57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
    Luke 22:57 Meaning
  • 58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
    Luke 22:58 Meaning
  • 59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
    Luke 22:59 Meaning
  • 60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
    Luke 22:60 Meaning

JOHN 18:16,17,25,27Verses in the Bible

  • 16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
    John 18:16 Meaning
  • 17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not.
    John 18:17 Meaning
  • 25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
    John 18:25 Meaning

• Pilate, in Condemning Jesus, Through Fear of the People

JOHN 19:12-16Verses in the Bible

  • 12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
    John 19:12 Meaning
  • 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
    John 19:13 Meaning
  • 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
    John 19:14 Meaning
  • 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
    John 19:15 Meaning
  • 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
    John 19:16 Meaning

• Guards of the Sepulcher of Jesus

MATTHEW 28:4In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

• The Philippian Jailer

ACTS 16:27In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

• Peter and Other Christians, at Antioch (of Syria)

GALATIANS 2:11-14Verses in the Bible

  • 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
    Galatians 2:11 Meaning
  • 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
    Galatians 2:12 Meaning
  • 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
    Galatians 2:13 Meaning
  • 14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
    Galatians 2:14 Meaning


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